When entering a doctor’s office or hospital, we expect that the doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals who work there to provide us with the best care possible. Sadly, there are times when unforeseen complications or human error turn a treatment upside-down, and a patient suffers a new or worsened injury or illness instead.
When a doctor injures their patients, it may be considered medical malpractice if it can be proven that inexcusable negligence contributed to the injury. Our Washington, D.C. medical malpractice attorneys of LawMD can help if you or a loved one was injured because of medical negligence. We are a team of physician-attorneys with years of experience in the medical and legal fields that we use to help families recover the compensation they deserve.
Medical malpractice occurs when a medical provider fails to provide their patients with acceptable levels or types of care, resulting in an injury. Doctors have a responsibility to meet a “duty of care” or “standard of care.” This term defines every medical professional’s responsibility to meet the medical needs of their patients and provide the best treatment they possibly can based on approved medical knowledge and methods.
Incidents of medical malpractice may involve:
It is not uncommon for medical malpractice to result from negligence throughout a patient’s treatment path. Liability may not focus on a single person, but rather a group of individuals who failed to provide the injured patient with the proper care. This may include doctors, nurses, pharmacists, therapists, surgeons, hospital administration, pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, and other medical professionals who were negligent.
Medical malpractice can be caused by factors such as:
To recover from medical malpractice, an injury victim may require additional treatment such as surgeries, the use of medication and medical devices, therapy, and more. Medical malpractice can potentially leave a patient with a long-term, or even permanent, illness or injury. To manage such conditions, a patient may also require in-home care and repeated treatments.
Medical bills usually account for the majority of damages in medical malpractice cases. Our physician-attorneys can evaluate the details of your case and determine what treatment you may need in the future to determine the full amount of compensation you will need. You might also have lost significant finances due to missing work while trying to recuperate from your injuries. Medical malpractice claims can also seek noneconomic damages as well, such as pain and suffering and additional stress.